A team of bishops from across the north west visited Liverpool for a special match against Red Neighbours' walking football team on Friday.
The bishops travelled to Anfield Sports and Community Centre to go head-to-head with a Red Neighbours squad that included LFC legends Ian Callaghan and Roy Evans.
Led by Red Neighbours team member Bill Bygroves, the morning consisted of a high-tempo warm-up with stretching, followed by a series of dribbling drills and competitive games.
“It’s been a while since I’ve played football, but I’ve really enjoyed it today,” said Evans. “It’s great to see so many people here. You can see how much these sessions mean to the local men who come each week.”
After the final whistle, the teams headed inside for a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a catch-up – and there was even the chance for the bishops to have their photo taken with the prestigious Champions League trophy.
The bishop of Sherwood, Tony Porter, said: “What a great experience. The Red Neighbours team have made us feel extremely welcome and we’ve enjoyed a great game of football.
“A massive thanks to Red Neighbours for organising the event and getting everyone together.”
Walking football supports two key areas of Red Neighbours’ focus: support for the elderly community and encouraging a physically active community.
Sessions are held at Anfield Sports and Community Centre every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm and every Friday from 11am to 12pm.